THRIVE: It’s GO time!


Today the adventure begins of getting to provide and serve others. It’s time to go and help the team get ready and be set up! It’s time to go and make sure things are ready and set up for a weekend! It’s time to be rested, prayed up, and lean in on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us through the scheduled activities! It’s time to come together to accomplish God’s plan and transform lives forever!

Where are you today? Are you ready to GO? Are you prepared to GO? Are you prayed up to GO? Are you rested up to GO? Are you filled up to GO? Are you willing to GO? Are you serving to GO? Are you able to GO?

It is GO time! So let’s get started…


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.’

Psalms 100:5

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Be Faithful In The Little Things – Day 2


Are you ready? Are you willing? Are you going? Invite Jesus into your situation! Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Workweek starts in 3…2…1…


Yesterday was a fun day getting to get up on stage with an incredible team of people to be commissioned for camps this summer. Yesterday was a fun day getting to spend time with the family with a great meal and time together to celebrate father’s day. Yesterday was a great day too as I was able to get a great sleep in preparation for this new work week.

Are you ready? Are you prepared? Are you filled with the Holy Spirit to overflow? Are you filled with love to overflowing? Are you filled with compassion to overflowing? Are you filled with energy and excitement to overflow? Are you ready to thrive for the glory of God? Are you ready to accomplish the good works that God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish? Are you ready to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to adjust your calendar in order to accomplish all God has planned and prepared for you to accomplish?

This is the day that the Lord has made and so let us rejoice and be glad in it!

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. ‘

Psalms 113:3

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 19


Are you ready? Are you aware? Are you aligned? Are you prepared? Are you filled? Wherever you are right now, invite Jesus into your heart to help. Wherever you are right now, invite Jesus into your life to transform, lead, guide, direct, and to correct. Wherever you are right now, allow the Holy Spirit to be your comforter and your guide, your counselor, and advocate to help you move forward into all that God has planned and prepared for you!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Wrap it up and get ready for what is yet to come!


Are you ready? What have you been called to do? What are you supposed to get done? What is yet to come? Are you holding onto the reality that the best is yet to come? Are you holding onto the reality that Jesus is coming back? Are you aware that there is more to do? Are you ready to do the good works that God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish? Are you ready to take the time? Are you prepared to make the time? Are you ready to get it done? Let’s be ready to give an answer for the reason for the hope that is within us!

Let’s get read up! Let’s get trained up! Let’s get filled up! Let’s wrap it up!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘ Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, ‘

Psalm 103:2

Let’s remember the benefits! Let’s remember how He forgives all our iniquity! Let’s remember how He heals all our diseases! Let’s remember how He redeems our life from the pit! Let’s remember how He crowns us with steadfast love and mercy! Let’s remember how He satisfies us with good so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 17


Where are you today? Are you ready to wait upon the Lord and renew your strength? Are you ready to wait for God’s wisdom and direction? Are you ready to begin your journey today? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life! Invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: What are you doing? Why are you doing it?


As the week kicks off I reflect on a question/comment I made last night at my daughter’s baccalaureate when I said “God’s Word tells us to be ready in and out of season to give a reason” and was going to ask my daughter’s friend’s boyfriend a question. It didn’t happen but God’s Word is so true and so powerful and so right!

Are you ready to give an answer to the question someone could ask you? Are you ready to give an answer to why you have so much hope? Are you ready to give an answer for what you are doing? Are you ready to give an answer to why you are doing it? Are you ready to express that God is leading and guiding you into what you are to be doing? Are you ready to express that Jesus is the reason why you are doing it?

Let’s pause for a moment and consider what Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:2:

Let’s consider what we hear from Peter in 1 Peter 3:15-16:

So as we begin our week, let’s get prepared, let’s be prepared, and let’s live our lives to glorify God!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ‘

Acts 2:38

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 5


Are you ready? Are you prepared? Are you faith-filled? Are you faithful? Invite Jesus into your life to help you! Invite Jesus into your heart to get a fresh start and a clean heart! Let’s be ready today! Let’s be prepared!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Come in ready and with a plan!


After a long weekend it’s time to get back to it. It’s time to get it done! It’s time to finish the month strong! So let’s get ready and come with a plan. Let’s use our time wisely living to glorify God by getting the good works He has prepared in advance for us to do done! Let’s get ready! Let’s be ready! Let’s be prepared! Let’s plan! Let’s execute on the plan! Let’s choose to thrive today for the glory of God!


TODAY’S VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner. ‘

Proverbs 13:6

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Popular – Day 14


So are you ready? Are you willing? Are you able? Will you prepare? Will you plan? Will you love? Invite Jesus into your heart to help you on your journey today! Invite Jesus into your life to help you navigate and know what it is you must do! Invite Jesus into your life and allow the Holy Spirit to provide you with wisdom and discernment! We each get a choice, a decision to make, and need to make it for ourselves! Could today be your day?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: How will you spend your today?


Will you get through some of your todo list? Will you make the connections that need to happen? Will you spend time with your loved ones? Will you make a list of things you need to or want to do or get done? What will things look like as your kids grow up? What will you things like in 5 years, 10years, and beyond? Is there anything you wanted to do that haven’t yet? Is there anything your wife wants to do that we haven’t done yet? If we want to thrive for the glory of God we have to be prepared!

So, how about talking about it and capturing a list and then making a plan?


TODAY’S VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘ “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘

Matthew 5:3

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Popular – Day 11


So are you ready to make a decision today that will help you thrive? Are you ready to make a decision today that will transform your future? Are you ready to make a decision today that will ensure the best? Invite Jesus in to help you prepare and be prepared! Invite Jesus in to your heart to be transformed from the inside out! Invite Jesus into your life so that you can accomplish all the good works God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: You need to be prepared! You need to show up! You get to serve!


Up and at ’em this morning as today is an exciting day when it comes to summer, it’s staff and counselor training. Before we go to camp, we need to be prepared and so put together an agenda, setup some time, and come together to teach, train, and direct everyone on how we do camp. Before we go to camp, we need to be present and show up to be and get involved, to build teamwork, build trust, and build relationships! Before we go to camp, we need to make sure we are in the right mindset and ready to serve our campers.

Today’s going to be a full day and an exciting day, bringing together people who are new with people who have been doing this for over a decade. Today’s going to be a fun day as we have time to connect through challenge course activities, table time, and lunchtime. Today’s going to be informative and educational as we have some new team members and so some new ways or spins on how the material is communicated to the team.

Today is going to be a great day! Today is going to be a happy day! Do you know why? This is the day that the Lord has made so we will rejoice and be glad in it! We will be working as unto the Lord!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, ‘

Nahum 1:7

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
UNCOMMEN: Dads 2 – Day 5


So are you ready to be ready? Are you ready to get ready? Are you ready to invite God into the situation? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life? Are you ready to be transformed by inviting Jesus into your heart?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Let’s get it started!


As week 5 for me is about to begin, it is important to be prepared! Let’s be ready! Let’s be standing firm and all set! Let’s go and get it started! After a weekend of getting to make the most of the time with my wife getting to be with our daughter and me getting to spend time on a class project with my son! After 4 incredible weeks of meeting and learning, let’s make the most of our today and get it started on the right foot, get it started in the right direction, and get it started with focus and a good spirit! Let’s get started without fear because we are walking it out with God! Let’s get started encouraged because we know God is going with us! Let’s get started trusting God to give us strength and help us, no matter what comes our way! Let’s get started leaning in on God for we know He will uphold us!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ‘

Isaiah 41:10

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Survival Gear for Dads – Day 7


Do you have the gear you need to be successful? Do you have the gear you need to accomplish the goal? Do you have the gear you need to focus on the tasks at hand? Are you ready? Are you set? Are you going? Invite Jesus into the center of it! Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus to help you live out this life to the full as He purposed and came for!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: How will you kick off your week?


Are you filled up to overflowing? Are you dressed up to take a stand? Are you rested up to keep going? Are you prepared and ready? Are you willing and obedient? Are you ready to shine? Are you ready to make contact and spice things up? This is the day that the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Be it a move, be it a decision, or be it a choice, lean in on God and allow Him to lead and guide you through it all! Choose to live out your today and thrive for the glory of God!

For me – week 3 begins. For my daughter – a decision to affirm. Let’s hold on tight to God and capture the testimony of His hand working in and through our lives! Let’s choose to walk by faith! Let’s choose to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading and guiding! Let’s be who God created us to be and live out our lives the way He is calling us to!

Thrive for the glory of God!

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ‘

John 14:6

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
The Father Knows Best – Day 3


Let’s make today count! Let’s set first things first! Let’s allow God into our lives so that He can work in and through our lives! Let’s invite Jesus into our life, our situation, and our circumstance so that we go through today praying without ceasing because we are in constant contact and relationship with God! Are you ready to make this decision? Are you ready to start living a life that thrives rather than just surviving? Let’s decide today to follow Jesus!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Let’s get ready! Let’s get prayed up! Let’s get filled up!


It’s Sunday and so we need to get ready for what is yet to come. Let’s get prayed up as we start our day, walk through our day, and close our day! Let’s get filled up with the Holy Spirit to the point of overflowing so that we are ready and able to pour into those around us in a way that will point them to Jesus and allow them to receive Him into their lives and be transformed for the rest of eternity!

Heading into week 3 with two incredible weeks behind me with something new every week, what is God preparing in advance for us this coming week? Let’s choose to be obedient and accomplish the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish! Let’s choose to be obedient and receive the call He has for us this week! Let’s choose to be obedient and go where He calls us to go this week! Let’s do all this in a way that reflects who He is and points people back to Him so that in and through it all, God will get the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Let’s thrive for the glory of God and be amazed at how He will move in and through our lives!



Verse of the Day:

‘For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ‘

John 3:17

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
The Father Knows Best – Day 2


Let’s be ready! Let’s get ready! Let’s be listening! Let’s be waiting! Let’s be asking! Let’s be seeking! Let’s be knocking! Let’s invite Jesus into our very situation to help us walk it out in alignment with God’s will for our lives! Let’s allow Jesus into our hearts so that we can be transformed from the inside out for His Glory!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Be prepared and ready to learn…


What an incredible first day yesterday was. What incredible people I had the opportunity to meet with and hear from. What energy, excitement, passion, and promise I could feel joining the team. I am ready to learn. I am prepared to do my part. I am excited to see what God has in store for me and for all those He brings into my life through this new experience. The getting started stuff I was able to get most of that paperwork done beforehand but finished the last couple yesterday and then hit the ground running.

As I begin chapter 3 of my journey with both the first two chapters finishing with a sign that allowed me to transition out quickly and into the next chapter just as fast, I realize the importance of putting God’s will first! Stay as long as He wants you to stay and when He says to go, then prepare to go wherever it is that He is calling you to go! I realize the importance of obedience to the prompting as I remember how back in my MS days I received the prompting to go but I kept responding with how much I liked the people and was so comfortable in the role, and now I realize the reason He was trying to protect me from what was coming down the pipe and because I didn’t listen I ended up going through some pretty painful reorgs and challenges. I remember how important it is to listen to the still quiet voice when God is prompting you to do something rather than looking for reasons or excuses why you couldn’t, shouldn’t, or wouldn’t obey Him during my time on an HOA for about ten thousand plus people and it taking an audible, booming, ultimatum to get my attention and for me to take it seriously. So if and when God gives you a sign like “get out of the boat” or “it’s time to move” or “an offer”, it’s time to get moving and moving forward for the glory of God so that you can thrive in all that He has planned and purposed to do in and through your life. Especially if it comes to you as a command from God.


Verse of the Day:

‘ “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ‘

John 13:34

Today’s post from Be The Dads is The Heart Of The Father – Day 4


This is the day that the Lord has made so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s get up and get ready! Let’s get up and be prepared! Let’s be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and then walk out today in alignment with God’s purpose, plan, and will! Let’s invite Jesus into our situations. Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts and lives! Let’s choose to accept the gift of grace that opens the door into eternity with God!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

THRIVE: Don’t miss it!


It’s Sunday morning, there is a mix of snow and rain out there and yet there are things to do today. There are things to consider. There are things to observe. There are things to know. Don’t miss it!

Are you ready? Are you watching? Are you paying attention? Don’t miss it!

What will it be? How will it happen? Who is involved? Where will it be? When will it be? Don’t miss it!

Were you waiting for it? Were you expecting it? Were you asking for it? Were you wondering about it? Were you ready when the sign showed up? Were you wondering if it was the sign? Were you ready with ways to confirm and affirm it?

What if it were to happen for you this week as it happened for me a few weeks ago?

Don’t Miss It!


Last night I was able to catch the weekend service at Eastridge Church for Palm Sunday weekend. Pastor Larry shared the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem from Matthew 21. He titled it “Don’t miss it!” and yet an alternative title might have been “Donkey talk!”. Some key takeaways I had from the sermon were:

  • In all the gospels the end of the story seems to slow down in order to allow us to savor that time as it emphasized what was taking place.
  • Jesus was preparing and prepared as we see when He sends the guys to go and get him a colt.
  • As He is entering into Jerusalem in verses 6-9, the Passover celebration was underway and so there were 250K-1M people in the area, we see the connection to Psalm 118 as people are crying out Hosanna, Son of David, there were people going before Him laying coats and palm branches on the ground and there were locals who were following Him from behind, affecting the entire city and causing people to question “who is this?”
  • We learned about how Jesus later was overlooking the city and was weeping for the city as He knew the Hosannas of the one day would turn into the “crucify Him” the next.
  • We see how the central theme of Matthew’s writing is “Who is this person Jesus?”
  • They missed it and we shouldn’t!
  • The donkey!
  • Jesus planned the moment for a particular purpose that they would notice.
    • ‘“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. ‘ Matthew 21:5-6
  • Jesus wanted to make a public declaration of His mission and character!
    • Humble and loving
    • Came to deliver and save
  • Let’s grab hold of 3 practical things we can learn from this:
    1. Pray that the Lord would prepare the hearts of people who don’t know Jesus that you know.
    2. Let’s invite and invest in people to have them come to church for the celebration of Easter!
    3. Let’s celebrate Easter for all that it is and what it has produced and provided for us!

‘As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” ‘

Matthew 21:1-11

Verse of the Day:

‘“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” ‘

Luke 19:38

Today’s post from Be The Dads is The Heart Of The Father – Day 2


Don’t miss it! Be ready! Be willing! Be able! Invite Jesus into the situation! Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus to be your Lord and Savior!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

THRIVE: Need to get ready…


Some may take time between changes. Some may take a pause before stepping into the next thing. Some may choose to take a weekend and then get right back at it.

Whatever they choose that is right for them, in every case it comes down to setting yourself up to be ready for what’s next. What does it take for you to get ready? How do you get ready? Are you prepared? Are you ready in and out of season? Are you dressed for success? Are you standing on a firm foundation? Are you ready to stand your ground and move forward for the glory of God? Are you ready to take on new territory that God is giving you? Are you ready to step up and step into all that God has prepared in advance for you to do and receive? We need to get ready!


“be prepared in season and out of season”

2 Timothy 4:2

‘ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. ‘

Matthew 24:42-44

‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. ‘

1 Peter 5:8

‘Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. ‘

Proverbs 27:1

‘Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. ‘

Proverbs 28:19-20

‘Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. ‘

Proverbs 6:6-8

‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. ‘

Ephesians 6:10-17

‘“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ‘

Joshua 1:7-9

‘Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. ‘

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Are you ready? Are you ready to thrive? Are you prepared? Are you prepared to thrive? What comes to mind when you see this picture below? Does it go something like:

Let’s get ready to …..

Verse of the Day:

‘Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory.’

Psalms 24:10

Today’s post from Be The Dads is The Heart Of The Father – Day 1


So do you want to be ready? Are you ready to get ready? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your situation and help you take care of it?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

THRIVE: Are you ready? Are you getting ready? Will you be ready?


Can you believe how fast seems to be going? It’s midweek already and we’ll be heading towards the close of the week in a few hours. So let’s be ready when it’s our turn and our time! Let’s be ready when our number is called! Let’s get ready now and be prepared! Let’s be equipped for what is coming our way so that we can thrive for the glory of God!

So first let’s make sure we are equipped and put on the full armor of God as we get up this morning!

‘And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. ‘

Ephesians 6:10-18

Now that we are dressed for success, let’s get ready!

‘But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, ‘

1 Peter 3:15

‘In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. ‘

2 Timothy 4:1-5

‘Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. ‘

Proverbs 28:19-20

‘ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. ‘

Matthew 24:42-44

‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. ‘

1 Peter 5:6-11

‘ “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”’

John 16:33

‘Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. ‘

Proverbs 6:6-8

‘By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. ‘

Hebrews 11:7

So today let’s be ready! Let’s get ready! Let’s press in and trust God! Let’s persevere and not give up! Let’s move forward in unity at the speed of health! Let’s decide that we will thrive for the glory of God!


Verse of the Day:

‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. ‘

Psalms 68:5

Today’s post from Be The Dads is My Father Can Be Your Father! – Day 6


Where are you today? Are you ready? Are you getting prepared? Have you invited Jesus into the situation that you are in so that He can make sure you are ready and prepared? Have you invited Jesus into your heart so that He can make sure you are ready for eternity?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

THRIVE: In the presence of God is where you need to be!


When you are in the presence of God, He is able to speak in His still quiet voice of the Spirit to lead and guide you through your situation. When you are in the presence of God, He is able to make your path straight (even when you don’t feel like it is). When you are in the presence of God, He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than you can ask or imagine.

Do you remember what it means to thrive?

To vigorously grow, we need the right nutrients, the right energy source, and the wisdom and discernment to respond which can be found in the Bible. To grow, we need to breathe, to do this we need to spend time praying and in relationship with God. To grow, we need to be clean and the best way to be purified is to bring our mistakes, our sins and give them up and confess them to God. As you can see to grow we need to be in the presence of God!

It’s a short work week for me this week as we get to celebrate my oldest’s graduation later this week. It’s a short work week for me as we have to travel later this week. It’s a short week and so the key is to stay in God’s presence in order to walk out the present in alignment with His plans and purposes. It’s a short week and so by staying in God’s presence I will be able to prepare for what He has prepared in advance for me to accomplish. It’s a short week and so by staying in God’s presence, He is able to multiply my efforts and help me to get done what is needed before I take a couple of days off. So I lean in and trust Him in the midst of so much change and uncertainty. I lean in and trust Him so that in spite of my circumstances I will be able to take new ground for the glory of God! I lean in and trust Him because His Word never returns void and always knows what I need to hear be it through a daily verse of the day through to devotionals about being a dad. So as I reflect on my priority list of putting God first, my wife and our marriage second, my kids and family third, I know that anything and everything else comes after that and so I get to take that new list that will materialize and prioritize my time to accomplish the right things so that for my good and God’s glory it will be done in His perfect timing. This is the day that the Lord has made and so I will rejoice and be glad in it!


Verse of the Day:

‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ‘

Psalms 34:18

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 6 Biblical Traits Of A Godly Dad – Day 4


Where are you today? Are you in God’s presence? Are you drawing closer to God? Are you ready to turn back to God? Are you ready to invite God into your situation?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

THRIVE: Let’s finish the week strong!


Let’s finish the week on a high note! Let’s finish the week getting things done! Let’s finish the week aligned with God’s plans and purposes! Let’s finish the week strong, leaning in and on God! Let’s finish the week strong, trusting in and on God! Let’s finish the week strong, not giving up, and persevering in the midst of it all!

Ever had a week where you quote scripture and nobody realizes you are?

‘See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”’

Hebrews 12:25-29

Ever looked around and thought about how everything is up in the air because they are being shaken? Ever wondered what things aren’t moving and so will remain unshaken and unshakable? Ever thought things were settling down and then the next thing happens? Be it civil unrest. Be it a pandemic. Be it politics. Be it war. So where are we at today? Are we coming to the end of a season and the beginning of a new one? Are we about to see such a change that it will feel like time travel? Are we about to experience a time when we lose time while we are sleeping? Are we about to experience something new where we have to let go of the things of the past and reach for what God is putting in front of us? Are you ready? Are you prepared? Do you have measures or criteria to help you know, help you choose, and help you move into it? Do you have a min-bar? Are you being a leader who stands up for something rather than falling for everything? Are you being a leader who will step up to the call God brings your way? Are you ready to be the ________________ God is calling and needing you to be? Are you ready and willing to pause and ask God what ________________ is? Are you ready to embrace it and pursue it? It’s the close of another work week, so let’s decide today to finish the week strong and press into what God has planned and purposed for you! Let’s get the framework done! Let’s get the wheels turning! Let’s be prepared for what God is about to do in and through our lives!


Verse of the Day:

‘And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ‘

Philippians 4:7

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Killing Sin – Day 4


Are you ready for today or are you ready to invite Jesus into your situation? Are you prepared for today or are you needing to get wisdom and discernment from God? Are you getting filled up with God’s Spirit to overflowing or are you leaving room for sin and temptation to sneak in? Are you ready to thrive in spite of your circumstances?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.
Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus’ name.
Amen.

THRIVE: Time to focus on God!


In order to THRIVE for the glory of God, we need to be hearing from God. In order to THRIVE for the glory of God, we need to be spending time with God. In order to THRIVE for the glory of God, we need to understand God’s plan and direction.

I am so thankful for Jesus who gave His all in order for me to be able to be reconciled with God and be in a relationship with Him. I am so thankful for Jesus who when He returned to sit at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and me because He sent the Holy Spirit so that we wouldn’t be alone but have a comforter and guide to help us through this life. I am so thankful for Jesus who taught us through His Word and His experiences how to live a life to the full by raising the bar on average. I am so thankful for Jesus who warned us that in this world we would have troubles because He also reminds us that we can take heart because He has overcome the world. I am so thankful for Jesus who came that we could have life and life more abundantly. I am so thankful for Jesus who demonstrated that the devil will try to trick us and trip us up when we are at our weakest by twisting God’s Word and yet that we can rebuke the lies and treacheries by correcting Him using God’s Word too.

Let’s choose today to follow Jesus and allow Him to guide us into a life where we can THRIVE. Let’s choose today to wait on Jesus and allow Him to provide us with the wisdom and discernment we need to address what comes our way. Let’s grab hold of what it really means to THRIVE:

THRIVE: To vigorously grow; to flourish; to take new ground in your life regardless of the circumstances.


Verse of the Day:

‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. ‘

Revelation 3:20

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 4


So where are you today? Are you making time to spend with God? Are you making time to be with God? Are you making time to hear from God? Are you making time to do what God calls you to do? Are you seeking and searching? Are you hearing that tug on your heart from Jesus? Are you ready to open the door to your heart and invite Jesus in?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)


THRIVE: What will it look like? What will it feel like? What will it sound like?


As another week has made it over the hump and the changes haven’t finished that are required to get from survival to thrive, it makes me wonder. What will it look like as 2022 moves towards the year to thrive? What will it feel like with all the changes as 2022 moves towards the year to thrive? What will it sound like with the adjustments and moves that are being setup and aligned to make it a year to thrive?

I am happy to hear about my oldest daughter thriving. I am happy to see my younger daughter also thriving. I am happy to get the reports that my son is thriving. And so I cling to God, lean on Him rather than my own understanding, trusting in Him to make my path straight so that 2022 will be a year to thrive. I am so excited that each week we have the opportunity to hold onto the theme of thrive through reading from the book of Exodus.

What will today bring? Let’s work to make sure we are prepared! Let’s be positioned to thrive!


Today’s Verse of the Day comes to us from 1 John 2:15-16 and says: (including v17 to close the point)

‘Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. ‘

1 John 2:15-17

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 4

Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 4


So where are you today? Are you preparing? Are you anticipating? Are you getting excited? Are you looking and seeking? Are you reaching and feeling? Are you listening and hearing? Let’s invite Jesus into the center and let’s cling to Him today. Let’s invite Him in to help us navigate through our lives and live them to the full potential.

Let’s pray:

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

THRIVE: We need to be prepared to go from survive to thrive!


As I start today the idea of getting prepared for a conversation that is coming seems to make sense. As I start today I consider how God tells us to be ready in and out of season to give a reason for the hope that is within us. In 1 Peter 3:15-16, we read: ‘But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. ‘ In 2 Timothy 4:2, we read: ‘Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. ‘ Throughout scripture, God tells us to be prepared and to get prepared. So today I will spend my non-meeting times getting ready to speak not only of my faith but my team and our future. How about you? Are you ready to thrive? Are you prepared to move forward and thrive? Are you prepared to flip the switch and stop surviving day by day and start to thrive day by day? Are you ready to grab hold of God’s plan to give you hope and a future? Are you ready to grab hold of why Jesus came to this earth so that we can have life and live it to the full?


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. ‘

`1 Timothy 6:12


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 3


So are you ready today? Are you getting ready? Are you wondering how to get ready? Let’s get started by inviting Jesus into our lives and our very situation in order to have a firm foundation on which to stand.

Let’s pray:

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

THRIVE going into today. Are you living with purpose, for a purpose, and on purpose?


As you begin today, who are you? Where does your identity come from? Who do you say you are? Who does God say you are? Are you ready to live according to who God says you are rather than being defined by what you do, how you do it, or what others think? Are you ready to grab hold of your identity and live out the purpose for which you were created?


Today’s verse of the day comes to us from Matthew 28:19 and says:

‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ‘

Matthew 28:19

Are you ready to go today? Are you ready to share the good news today and make disciples? Are you ready to remove the limits and the barriers of who you can share the good news with? Are you ready to help them enter into the baptism? Are you ready to bring them into and under the covering of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? Are you ready to help them find their true identity in Christ Jesus? Are you ready to help them be redeemed? Are you ready to answer the call?


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Finding Dad – Day 7.


There are so many things in this world that try to tear us down. There are so many things in this world that try to define us or write out our identity. Let’s not allow the world to rob us of our true identity. Let’s grab hold of who God says we are. Let’s decide today to accept and receive the gift of God through Jesus Christ and become children of God. Let’s pray:

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.